Parenting Time in Ohio
Non-Custodial Parents & Unmarried Fathers
Child custody and parenting time arrangements must be made when a married couple divorces or when a child is born to unmarried parents. Where possible, the state of Ohio prefers shared parenting to sole custody. The term "shared parenting" does not mean that each parent gets to spend an equal amount of time with their child. Rather, it means that both parents share authority when it comes to major decisions, like education, religion, and medical intervention.
For unmarried parents who don't live together, under Ohio law the mother is presumed the custodial parent until a court makes a determination of what's in the best interest of a child or children. Following a divorce, custody is determined after evaluating a number of factors. In the broadest sense, the presiding judge is bound to act in accord with the best interests of the child. Of course, if couples are able, they also have the option of agreeing to their own terms of custody and parenting time, which the court may then approve.
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Whether you're pursuing an uncontested divorce, a dissolution of marriage, or are being contested on every point, an experienced lawyer can help minimize the stress and confusion. At Richard L. Morris Co., L.P.A., our legal team has been doing just that for over 30 years. We'd love to talk you through the parameters of parenting time and help find the best option for your situation.
In most cases, the non-custodial parent's schedule includes:
- Every other weekend from Friday to Sunday evening
- Every Wednesday evening
- Every other Christmas, Thanksgiving, and spring break
- 30 consecutive days every summer
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